Definition of purser in English:



  • An officer on a ship who keeps the accounts, especially the head steward on a passenger vessel.

    • ‘I was then given what the pursers on British Air call a debriefing.’
    • ‘Enzo was the purser on a cruise ship up North and one of his jobs was to organise show time.’
    • ‘The first time that we found that gratuities would be added to the onboard charges, we went to the purser and asked for some information.’
    • ‘The 26-year-old, who asked not to be named, was dismissed days after being promoted to flight purser and told he was ‘not suitable for the job,’ according to the South China Morning Post.’
    • ‘The purser, this big friendly black gal, said, ‘Honey, just let it go!’’
    • ‘Statements were being taken from the pilot, the purser and other witnesses, and a decision would be made by the end of the week on the way forward.’
    • ‘Vogue has a diploma course in ‘Inflight Management’ for those who want to become an air hostess or flight purser with airlines.’
    • ‘John Heward, the purser, came bursting into the cabin and he shouted: ‘Nigel, you're going as well.’’
    • ‘Your captain said there were fifty men aboard, himself not included - his first mate, cook, navigator, purser, boatswain, carpenter, quartermaster, and forty-three sailors.’
    • ‘You'll have a double cabin to yourself, but pay less because you won't know which one until you board the ship and the purser directs you, basically, to whichever cabin is still unoccupied.’
    • ‘Those not wishing to use a credit card will need to leave a cash deposit with the purser's office at the beginning of the cruise.’
    • ‘Although some of the private airlines have a lower age for retirement, they also hire men and women as ‘cabin crew’ and not as pursers and air hostesses.’
    • ‘Before the airplane takes off, the head or ‘A’ flight attendant or purser will make an announcement to ‘arm doors and cross-check’ or something similar.’
    • ‘Duggal, who started out as a storeman in the staff canteen, was promoted step-by-step to cabin-crew and eventually in-flight purser, where he was responsible for training African crew.’
    • ‘Some lines just dropped it to save money and the labor required in the purser's department that might be better used elsewhere.’
    • ‘There were very few people in the lobby but the purser was giving me odd looks.’
    • ‘One of them was the purser of the vessel who told us that it all happened very quickly in rough seas.’
    • ‘In 1768 he was listed as purser of the Aurora and it was from there that he came to the Endeavour.’
    • ‘In addition, pursers were in charge of making sure that all luggage was placed aboard a Clipper.’
    • ‘On flashing my ‘fear of flying’ card to the purser when boarding each flight, I got the most caring and thoughtful attention from the crews.’
    clerk, bank clerk, teller, bank teller, banker, treasurer, bursar
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